Phipps recommends:
Cornelian Cherry Dogwood

Landscape & Garden Design

Earn a certificate in Landscape & Garden Design and learn to apply basic techniques for designing aesthetically pleasing, environmentally responsible landscapes.

Landscape Design II: Principles of Design

Dates: Tuesday, July 29; Aug. 5, 12, 19
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Acadia Klain
Objective: To understand and to begin applying the principles of aesthetics and design, including form, scale, rhythm, axis, color and texture to landscapes.
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: Landscape Graphics, Landscape Design I
Fee: $ 88 members; $128 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

This course will explain design principles which will then be reinforced with exercises in both two and three dimensions. You will analyze the use of these design concepts in landscapes through slides, photos, magazines and a field trip. Landscape and Garden Design certificate core course

Please note that this class has the required prerequisites of Landscape Graphics and Landscape Design I.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Landscape and Garden Design certificate core course

Native Woody Plants and Their Uses in the Landscape

Dates: Monday, Sept. 8 and 29; Oct. 20
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Joshua Beblo
Objective: To be able to identify the characteristics, needs and landscape uses of a variety of native woody plants
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: Ecology and Conservation Concepts for Landscape Design suggested but not required
Fee: $ 66 members; $96 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students in this course will gain proficiency in identifying characteristics of native woody plants by surveying taxonomic features such as growth habits, size, flowering sequence and cultural requirements. Along with acquiring knowledge of these attributes, students will also learn the importance of site placement in creating ecologically informed landscape designs.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Native Plant Landscapes core course, and Sustainable Horticulture and Landscape and Garden Design Certificate elective; PCH 6.0 | LA CES 6.0

Identifying Non-Flowering Plants

Dates: Wednesday, Sept. 10 and Saturday, Sept. 13
Time: Wednesday, 7 - 9 p.m. | Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jeanne Poremski
Objective: To be able to identify a wide variety of non-flowering plants
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 55 members; $80 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park and Raccoon Creek Wildflower Reserve

Students in this course will learn how to identify plants that do not have showy flowers to serve as identity clues, providing an opportunity for participants to become familiar with ferns and mosses, and increase the number of plants that they can name on nature hikes.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Native Plant Landscapes, Landscape and Garden Design, and Sustainable Horticulture Certificate elective; PCH 5.0 | LA CES 5.0

Landscape Design III: Design Development

Dates: Tuesday, Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 30 ** Please note class dates. The print catalog contains a misprint.
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Acadia Klain
Objective: To gain the experience and graphic skills needed to complete a master plan
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: Landscape Graphics, Landscape Design I, Landscape Design II
Fee: $ 88 members; $128 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Utilizing skills learned in Landscape Design I and II, students will work through design development to create a master plan. Participants will need to bring the following to the first class: an engineer’s scale, straight edge triangles (45° and 30°-60°-90°), mechanical pencils (one soft and one hard lead), a chisel point black marker, an extra fine point black Sharpie® marker, and a small roll of tracing paper (bum wad).

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course and Sustainable Horticulture Certificate elective; PCH 8.0 | LA CES 8.0

Ecology and the Designed Landscape

Dates: Tuesday, Oct. 7, 14 and 21 | Field Trip: Saturday, Oct. 11
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.; Field Trip 10 a.m. - noon
Instructor: Linda Kramer and John Totten
Objective: To be able to apply the basic concepts of plant ecology and local plant communities to the designed landscape
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 88 members; $128 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

(Formerly known as Ecology and Conservation Concepts for Landscape Design)

The fields of ecology and landscape architecture grew up together in the late 19th century. Their close alliance was nearly lost in the mid-20th century but has since been rediscovered as interest in ecological landscape design and sustainability has grown. Students in this course will explore the basics of plant ecology and the plant communities of western Pennsylvania and then learn to apply these ideas to the designed landscape. A field trip to a new plant community based landscape will help students see how these principles can be applied.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Native Plant Landscapes Certificate core course, and Sustainable Horticulture and Landscape and Garden Design Certificate elective; PCH 8.0 | LA CES 8.0